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Kayaks at
Carvins Cove
Cross Cyclocross in September and the Roanoke GO Fest
in October.
" Each of those events is designed to highlight the
outdoors that we have here but then also kind of bolster
the communities around those different sports or those
different communities and just give the clubs and
businesses a way to interact with each other, celebrate,
have fun and basically get a chance to kind of pat
ourselves on the back and get to know each other even
better, " she says.
Pedigo says Roanoke has one of the nation's lowest
Awareness Garden at
Blackwater Creek Trail
in Lynchburg
costs of living as well as a mild climate.
" Our winters aren't too horrible and our summers
are hot but they're not too hot or too humid, especially
compared to other places on the East Coast, " she says.
" And then on top of that we have some really awesome
outdoor recreation and organizations that are really
great for retirees to get involved with and I think that
kind of rounds out the experience for folks. "
The Roanoke River runs right through the City
allowing for water recreation like fishing and paddling.
" So I think the physical features are really appealing
View from
the Virginian
Hotel Rooftop
in downtown
Lynchburg
to folks because they are so accessible and because we
do have great weather and we kind of focus on those as
part of the community, " Pedigo says.
About an hour east of Roanoke, Lynchburg's cost
of living is 13.3% lower than the national average,
making it an affordable city for retirement, Anna
Bentson, Assistant Director for the Office of Economic
Development & Tourism, says.
Located in Central Virginia, Lynchburg is just a short
drive between Roanoke, Charlottesville, Richmond and
Washington DC. The Amtrak Station and Lynchburg
Regional Airport also make traveling easy and
convenient for hosting family and friends.
Affectionally known as the Hill City, Lynchburg is
Concert at
Elmwood Park in
Roanoke
surrounded by natural beauty with the Blue Ridge
Mountains and the James River; with over 40 miles of an
urban trail system, Lynchburg has been rated among the
top 10 cities in the country for happiness and wellness,
Bentson says.
The city maintains 17 parks for recreation, outdoor
activities and children's play. A variety of festivals and
special events like the International Festival, Lynchburg
Art Festival and Virginia 10 Miler keeps all ages
entertained year-round.
Lynchburg offers a revitalized and walkable
downtown with many historic buildings that have
been brought back to life, housing new restaurants,
breweries, rooftop bars, boutiques, high-end hotels and
loft-style apartments.
Lynchburg's arts and cultural scene varies from
children's museums' to contemporary galleries and
institutions like the Academy Center of the Arts, which
hosts live performances that include opera, ballet,
symphony, theater and visual arts. I
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